edotco on track to make island airport 5G-ready

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic credit: malaysiaairports.com.my

INSTALLATION is on track to turn Langkawi International Airport (LIA) into a 5G-ready island airport.

edotco Group Sdn Bhd chief regional officer Wan Zainal Adileen Wan Puteh said the company is proud to contribute directly to digital technology and 5G development in Malaysia.

“This smart airport 5G use case is a testament to our commitment in delivering world-class infrastructure for improved connectivity.

“Data gathered from this project will form the basis to accelerate digitisation of transportation hubs. edotco is focussed on providing future-ready and right-shareable infrastructure to support the nation’s digital agenda,” he said.

According to the company’s statement, edotco Malaysia is collaborating with partners Peatalk Corp and Everynet Ltd to deliver 5G network for the island airport.

The smart airport use case runs in line with the nation’s Airports 4.0 digital transformation initiative, which came almost a year since the company installed a 5G infrastructure at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, hosting the world’s first multi-operator and multi-technology indoor solution for improved coverage and connectivity for users.

The confirmation came two months after the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced the 5G demonstration projects (5GDP).

5GDP is targeted towards facilitating, building and accelerating development of 5G use cases that have potential in the working environment and eventually expand its ecosystem.

So far, a total of 32 5G sites have been identified in six states, including Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Terengganu to test 55 use cases of 5GDP, whereby the verticals span across agriculture, digital healthcare, smart city and tourism sectors.

Being among the companies participating in the 5GDP across nine verticals in six states, edotco is the project owner of the LIA use case.

LIA was identified as an ideal location to pilot the use case as it has a mix of both domestic and international arrivals that expect seamless connectivity, while its size allows for the project to scale up for events such as the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition.

edotco plans to channel experience and know-how to expedite deployment as the use of 5G matures in the country, which will enable the company to partner MCMC and the government to champion the 5G deployment and applications’ uptake.

Meanwhile, The Malaysian Reserve previously reported that local telecommunications companies, Axiata Group Bhd and Maxis Bhd, have signed an agreement to explore infrastructure sharing for 5G, to potentially accelerate the deployment of the technology in the country.

The collaboration aims to enable both companies to explore opportunities in relation to the 5G key strategic areas as soon as the necessary spectrum is available and will cover selected areas, while the companies maintain its own network.